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How To Build And Maintain Momentum To Your Online Home Business

Nov 20, 2007
It takes time and effort to build momentum in any business and this is a crucial period in the life of an online home business because many people do not have the patience or determination to press on with their traffic generating activities until the momentum kicks in. They either cry *scam* or simply *throw in the towel* when their website is not receiving sufficient visitors to convert into sign-ups or sales.

So what is momentum? Think of a brand new garden hose pipe laid out on your lawn. When you turn the tap on half a turn the water takes a while to flow through the pipe before it comes out the other end. First of all it trickles out and as the tap is opened further so the pressure increases in the hose pipe and the water starts to flow faster. So the water can be assimilated to the leads that are being directed to your website from your traffic generating activities.

When you first start advertising your online home business a few leads will trickle through the hose pipe. As your promotional activities increase, with time so will the visitors to your website increase, and momentum starts to build. In other words more water is now flowing at a much higher speed through the hose pipe now!

From this example it can be seen that a constant high pressure flow of leads to your website is required. Therefore your traffic generating methods need also to be constant and of equally high pressure to maintain and increase the momentum.

Bear in mind that to ensure the success of your online home business, a great deal of your time will be spent on promoting your online home business, so you need to spend that time on using quality lead generation methods.

In order to build and maintain the constant flow of traffic to your website you need to use a variety of traffic generating methods that will leave long lasting and permanent links back to your website. This will result in a steady flow of leads to your website, thus constantly building the speed and pressure in the hose pipe. Never rely on one or two methods of promoting your site, because if something goes wrong and the flow of leads reduces to a trickle it takes a lot of time and effort to get the momentum up to full pressure again.

Examples of short lived traffic generating methods would be a classified advert that expires after 7 days, or adding your site to a traffic exchange where your link is only in rotation as long as you have credits available. These types of advertising are short term and leave no permanent links back to your site.

To create long lasting and permanent links back to you site, there are a variety of methods you can use, and ideally they should all be incorporated into your website promotion plan. Strangely enough these methods are free or at most cost very little.

Writing and submitting articles to as many directories as possible, with your website link in the resource box, is a highly effective way of spreading the word about your business.

Regularly and consistently posting and contributing constructively in forums, with your website link in your signature, is a great way to build a name for yourself, which will result in leads. As blogs get indexed very quickly by the search engines, it is advisable to regularly and consistently post to your blog as well.

Another really effective method of generating leads is optimizing your site for the search engines so that your website appears on the first page of search results for your keywords. Of course you will only be able to do this if you have your own domain. The traffic you receive from search engines is very valuable and of high quality.

Add your link to website directories and exchange links with quality sites that contain content that complements your site, also request to add your link to authoritative sites in exchange for placing their banner or text link on your site.

Thousands of high quality links pointing back to your website is what is required. This takes time and consistent effort on your part and is not something that can be rushed as the search engines really frown upon fast link building.

As an absolute minimum therefore, you need to regularly and consistently write and submit articles, post in forums, add your link to directories, post to your blog and continually monitor and optimize your site in order to generate thousands of quality links that point back to your site in order to build, maintain and increase the momentum to your online home business.
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